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I DID IT! I SAW THE MEG! Damn, I feel it was about April when I reviewed the trailer and I have onlyyyyyyyyy just seen it. "After escaping an attack by what he claims was a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible."
I have to be honest, I had heard a mixture of reviews on this film even before I saw it, and not a lot of them were that good. I had heard how it was more family orientated compared to being a horror film, and I had also heard how it was lacking blood and gore... That made me nervous. From this film, about a GIANT shark, may I add, I wanted gore and blood, as you know I love sharks films and sharks and that tends to be what I look for in them.
I have to say, I didn't really get that, the gore and blood is pretty non-existent... I think, looking back, you might see one severed arm and a person getting eaten in the jaws of Meg, but even that cuts away before you see anything nearly bloody. I am used to wayyyyy more gore and blood when it comes to shark movies, (not in real life though, TED TALK, sharks aren't monsters and don't kill a lot, they don't even like the taste of flesh. Love sharks, please. Thank you for listening to my TED talk.), I just love the corniness and the bloodiness of a shark film, so damn much, but this lacked that.
I enjoyed The Meg, don't get me wrong, it's very entertaining and cheesy and Jason Statham is all sorts of cheese. But I really wanted more, I wanted a scary horror film about a giant blood thirsting killing machine, (not that sharks are killing machines!), I didn't really get that at all. Yes, Meg is hungry and eats people and yes, it has some jump scares but the problem with this film is it was done as a family film. Adults and their kids were in mind when it was being made, I haven't read the books though, but I assume they are less family oriented...
I just wanted it to be scary and bloody - similar to 47 Metres Down - that is a pretty scary film, just with more blood. I mean, c'mon, the shark is huge, she could do much more gory damage than she was allowed to do. I know that some of it would have been hard with how big she actually is, and she probably would have eaten things whole, but still - I wanted to be scared and to do my evil smile when I see gore, and I did not, once.
I feel I have put this film down, and I didn't want to, I was entertained by this, I enjoyed it, but I feel like it didn't match up to what I expected/wanted. I wanted scares and gore and what I got was a family blockbuster - not a bad thing, just not what was expected. I still liked it though, it had a giant shark in it, of course I would like it! Now all they need to do is to make another version, but this time, it's an 18 and very clearly marked a HORROR.
PS. No shark photos on this review due to a close close friend being scared of them, and because I love her and am a good friend.
Watching horror films since like 2003, when I could stand dead bodies..